The other night’s ride over Holmbury and Pitch Hills turned up a couple of interesting comments on the ride report. Much to my surprise I found Colin admitting to not liking Barry Knows Best on Holmbury Hill, one of our best known and most ridden trails in the area.
It’s a twisting roller-coaster ride that takes you down toward Peaslake and is the result of much hard work from the trail pixies (OK, I think they’re called Redlands Trails!). Improvements continue in response to general wear and tear and requests from locals to keep mountain bikers a bit farther away from their homes which is understandable – for years now they’ve had to contend with hoards of riders hooning down the Waterfall section at the end.
It’s a pretty good trail in my book, even if truth be told I don’t think I’ve ever had the man beans to ride it properly all the way down. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve ridden all of it, including the techy Waterfall and the ‘easier’ shortcut at the bottom. But stringing it all together takes concentration, commitment and a fair fitness I think.
So I was surprised to hear Colin admitting he doesn’t care too much for it. Maybe because it’s claimed him a couple of times now and caused a couple of unpleasant injuries. Lee also admitted to liking it less than expected although I’m not sure that wasn’t just that ride.
I started wondering if there are any other trails the rest of us don’t particularly care for? I’ll get the ball rolling – Abba Zabba is something I can’t bring myself to try again after an off down there although I like the chicken run. And Collarbone, to no-one’s surprise continues to give me the wobblies when I ride past the scene of my accident.
What about the rest of our readers, what messes with your head? Leave a comment and let us know…